Short CV/Education and training

  • 1975 – 1978
    Assistant-Professor in Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), Paris

  • 1978 – 1985
    Associate-Professor in Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

  • 1983 – 1985
    Part-time lecturer in Paris 6 (C4 and DEA)

  • 1985 – 1989
    Staff-director of the Physics Laboratory in Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), Paris

  • 1989 – 1996
    Astronomer (2cl) at Paris Observatory

  • 1996 – 2006
    Astronomer (1cl) at Paris Observatory

  • since 2007
    Astronomer (CE) at Paris Observatory

Selected publications

10 representative publications

  • Combes F., Rex M., Rawle T.D., et al. A&A (2012) 538, arXiv:1201.2908

    A bright z=5.2 lensed submillimeter galaxy in the field of Abell 773: HLSJ091828.6+514223,

  • Combes F., Garcia-Burillo, S., Braine J., Schinnerer E., Walter F., Colina L. A&A (2011) 528, A124

    Galaxy Evolution and Star Formation Efficiency at 0.2 < z < 0.6

  • Di Matteo, P., Combes F., Melchior, A.-L., Semelin B. A&A (2007) 468, 61

    Star formation efficiency in galaxy interactions and mergers: a statistical study

  • Tiret O., Combes, F. A&A (2007) 464, 517

    Evolution of spiral galaxies in modified gravity

  • Bournaud F., Combes F. A&A (2002) 392, 83

    Gas accretion on spiral galaxies: Bar formation and renewal

  • Wiklind T., Combes F. Nature (1996) 379, 139

    The redshift of the gravitational lens of PKS 1830-211 determined from molecular absorption lines.

  • Pfenniger D., Combes F. A&A (1994) 285, 94

    Is dark matter in spiral galaxies cold gas? II. Fractal models and star non-formation

  • Combes F., Debbasch F., Friedli D., Pfenniger D. A&A (1990) 233, 82

    Box and peanut shapes generated by stellar bars

  • Combes F., Gerin M. A&A (1985) 150, 327

    Spiral structure of molecular clouds in response to bar forcing – A particle simulation

  • Combes F., Sanders R. H. A&A (1981) 96, 164

    Formation and properties of persisting stellar bars



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Dynamics of Galaxies: spiral structure, barred density waves

  • Interaction between galaxies; N-body simulations of galaxies (FFT, tree-code)

  • Gas hydrodynamics (collisions, SPH, etc.), for evolution and formation of galaxies.

  • Interstellar medium of galaxies, observations of new molecules

  • Galaxies at large redshift

  • Molecular absorption lines in front of quasars

  • Dark matter in the Universe: development of a model of dark baryonic matter, in the form of cold molecular gas.

  • Statistical physics of the interstellar medium

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of ALMA Program Committee (panel chair), since 2011

  • Member Committee ERC-Astrophysics (PE9), 2009, 2011

  • Chair of Committee ANR-Astrophysics, 2010 – 2011

  • President of COFUSI, since 2009

  • Vice-President Division VIII (Galaxies & Cosmology) of IAU, 2009 – 2012

  • Member of WSRT/LOFAR Program Committee, 2009 – 2011

  • Member of the HST Program Committee, 1998, 2007

  • Member of HERSCHEL Program Committee (panel chair), 2007 – 2011

  • Vice-President AMA09 Committee, 2007 – 2009

  • Chair of PanelD Astronet Roadmap, 2007 – 2008

  • President Com 28 (galaxies) of IAU, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of Council of ASA, 2005 – 2008

  • President of CNFA, 2005 – 2007

  • Scientific Editor of A&A, 2003 – 2014

  • President of CIO, 2003 – 2006

  • Vice-President Com 28 (galaxies) of IAU, 2003 – 2006

  • Member of IRAM Program Committee, 2003 – 2006

  • Member of Council of PNC, 2002 – 2006

  • Member of Council of ASSNA, 2002 – 2006

  • President of SF2A(French National Astrophysical Society), 2002 – 2004

  • Co-Director of National Program Galaxies (PNG), 2001 – 2008

  • Member of Scientific Council SdU-CNRS, 2001 – 2006

  • SF2A council and Vice-Pres 2000-02 (French National Astrophysical Society), 2000 – 2008

  • Member of Council of PCMI, 2000 – 2004

  • Member of Executive Committee of Div X/Com 40 of IAU, 2000 – 2003

  • Member (elected) of CSE in Paris Observatory, 2000 – 2001

  • Member of CSA (the CNRS Scientific Council in Astronomy), 1999 – 2006

  • Member of Council of Research Program " Galaxies ", 1998 – 2001

  • Editor at " Fundamental Cosmic Physics ", 1996 ? 2003

  • Member of ISO Program Committee, 1995 – 1996

  • Member of ESO Program Committee, 1994 – 1996

  • Member of IAU, AAS, EAS, SF2A..

Additional qualifications

  • Agregation of Physics, 1975

  • Thesis of 3rd cycle, (Paris VII): "Conditions of nucleosynthesis in a symmetric universe of matter-antimatter", 1974 – 1975

  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), PARIS, 1971 – 1975


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